Essay on ASAM 5 Notes

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Lecture 1- Stories: a core demand?
Saturday, February 8, 2014
2:42 PM Stories: a core demand?
Children constantly ask to be read stories
The need for narrative may not be as core as.
Three parts
Minority literature
The concept of minority has been central to the very founding of American life and government
Metaphors of minorities
Invisibility : lock of recognition
Notion of otherness: radical difference
WEB Dubois, the souls of Black Folk (1903)
Historian and writer
First African American to receive PhD from Harvard
Two primary ideas
:The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line."
Double consciousness
Double consciousness
"It is peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness,
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Baldwin falls into this tradition at one level. Does not want to be pigeon holed purely as "black writer."
Baldwin moves between the two possibilities (133)
Black, cold, and funky
However, the darkness is clearly steeped in the racial context of pre and post-World War II America.
Racial Darkness and Generational Continuation
Baldwin may be experimenting with the nature of existence, but the existence is grounded in a specific Black context.
The story of the father and his brother(117)
What to do in the face of darkness?
For the mother, religion (118)
For Sonny and Baldwin, the blues aesthetic.
The boy whistling (104). This bird will reappear twice.
As Charlie Parker: "Bird"
"during a period when most jazz men were labeled 'cats,' someone hung the bird on Charlie."
The narrator whistling to cover the sound of his own cry
The blues aesthetic according to Ellison
"the blues is an impulse to keep the painful details and episodes of a brutal experience alive in one's aching consciousness, to finger its jagged grain, and to transcend it, not by the consolation of philosophy bu by squeezing from it near-tragic, near-comic lyricism. As a form, the blues is an autobiographical chronicle and personal catastrophe expressed lyrically."
The brothers talk
Baldwin's three narratives -- the personal, social, and aesthetic -- come

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